Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 1 déc. 2007 - 768 pages
The first major biography of one of Old Hollywood’s greatest directors.
 
Sometime partner of the eccentric Howard Hughes, drinking buddy of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, an inveterate gambler and a notorious liar, Howard Hawks was the most modern of the great masters and one of the first directors to declare his independence from the major studios. He played Svengali to Lauren Bacall, Montgomery Clift, and others, but Hawks’s greatest creation may have been himself. As The Atlantic Monthly noted, “Todd McCarthy. . . . has gone further than anyone else in sorting out the truths and lies of the life, the skills and the insight and the self-deceptions of the work.”
 
“A fluent biography of the great director, a frequently rotten guy but one whose artistic independence and standards of film morality never failed.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Hawks’s life, until now rather an enigma, has been put into focus and made one with his art in Todd McCarthy’s wise and funny Howard Hawks.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Excellent. . . . A respectful, exhaustive, and appropriately smartass look at Hollywood’s most versatile director.” —Newsweek
 

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A pleasingly thorough, if not critically groundbreaking, retrospective of the works and life of Hollywood's most versatile (and, to some cineasts, best) director. Hawks was born into a successful ... Consulter l'avis complet

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As producer and director, Howard Hawks mastered such diverse genres as screwball comedy, Western, science fiction, musical, and hard-boiled gangster film. He possessed a natural gift for storytelling ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

His Girl Friday
Slim Hemingway and An Outlaw
Sergeant York
Catching Fire
Air Force
The BelAir Front
To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep
Red River

Hughes Hecht Hays and Scarface
The Crowd Roars
Tiger Shark
Faulkner Thalberg and Today We Live
Viva Villa
Twentieth Century
Barbary Coast
Ceiling Zero
The Road to Glory
Come and Get
RKO Gunga Din and Bringing Up Baby
Only Angels
Slim Walks Money Talks
I Was a Male War Bride
An Old Boss A New Mate
Monkey Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
In the Land of the Pharaohs
Sojourn in Europe
Bravo
Mans Favorite Sport?
Fast Cars and Young Women
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
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Howard Hawks is the first major biography of one of Hollywood's greatest directors, a filmmaker of incomparable versatility whose body of work includes the landmark gangster film Scarface, screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, the Bogart-Bacall classics To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and aviation classics and Westerns like The Dawn Patrol and Rio Bravo. Sometime partner of the eccentric Howard Hughes, drinking buddy of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, an inveterate gambler and a notorious liar, Hawks was the most modern of the great masters and one of the first directors to declare his independence from the major studios. He played Svengali to Lauren Bacall, Montgomery Clift, and others, but Hawks's greatest creation may have been himself. As The Atlantic Monthly noted, "Todd McCarthy . . . has gone further than anyone else in sorting out the truths and lies of the life, the skills and the insight and the self-deceptions of the work." "A fluent biography of the great director, a frequently rotten guy but one whose artistic independence and standards of film morality never failed." -- The New York Times Book Review; "Hawks's life, until now rather an enigma, has been put into focus and made one with his art in Todd McCarthy's wise and funny Howard Hawks." -- The Wall Street Journal; "Excellent . . . a respectful, exhaustive, and appropriately smartass look at Hollywood's most versatile director." -- Newsweek.

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